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Visions of Bodies Being Burned

by clipping.

Released October 23, 2020 via Sub Pop Records

Reviewed November 3, 2020

Top tracks (based on community voting)
Say The Name (69%), ‘96 Neve Campbell (43%), Enlacing (36%)

The sister project to clipping’s stellar 2019 album proves to be one of the best hip-hop efforts in recent years. Everything about clipping. shines the brightest it ever has with Daveed Diggs showing off some of the genre's most impressive flows, while Will and Jon create wonderful soundscapes behind him, boasting equally interesting production choices. There are so many little moments in this record that make it amazing, especially in the instrumentals. Everything from clanks of rusted tin cans to EVP recordings and traditional chants pepper the recordings and add a unique layer of grit and eeriness. They make the unconventional seem effortless and use a plethora of musical inspiration from the past to deliver a very relevant and harrowing project to our modern world. – Jared (9.5/10)

As a follow-up and companion piece to last year’s release, There Existed An Addiction to Blood, clipping.’s latest album further proves them to be masters of horror. Thoroughly unsettling, Daveed Diggs’ lyrics as poetic as they are disturbingly graphic. Producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes create a tense backdrop with gritty, abrasive, and chilling production. Mental images turn into reality through the vividness the trio creates on Visions of Bodies Being Burned. – Dominick (8.7/10)

clipping. is an enigmatic hip-hop act hailing from Los Angeles, California. 2019’s There Existed an Addiction to Blood topped many year-end lists and while it was a musically superb experience, it lacked that special touch of replayability. Visions of Bodies Being Burned most definitely improves on that replay factor. The balance between slightly off-kilter, dense instrumentals and Daveed Diggs' vocal approach feels a lot more natural and serves the project for the better. The left-leaning instrumentals are actually some of the best produced of the year and work wonders in curating an unearthly atmosphere as the feeling of unease creeps in heavier than ever before. “Make Them Dead,” for example, harbours nothing short of a sinister weight, and songs like “Check the Lock” feature supreme and intense narrative story-telling. This album can be genuinely frightening when in the right setting.Overall, Visions of Bodies Being Burned is a much more engaging listen than its predecessor. However, this album really could have benefitted from a more diverse collection of flows from Daveed Diggs. It's more of a theatrical performance than a rap record, but a superb one at that. – Peter (7.5/10)

Jared: 9.5/10 | Enth: 9/10 | Hadley: 9/10 | Cam: 8.8/10 | Dominick: 8.7/10

Alan: 8.6/10 | Daniel: 8.5/10 | Peter: 8/10 | DeVán: 7/10


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